John T. SMITH, deceased, was for more than
a third of a century one of the most highly respected citizens
of Marshall county, and while his life was not toed for any
events of any particular stirring interest, it was such as to be
worthy of emulation of those coming after him. He was a
thoroughly honest and truthful man, his work at all times being
as good as his bond. Few men have left a better record for such
traits of character as go to make up the true man. He was a
Eight years after marriage, Mr. SMITH
removed with his family to Brimfield,
Mr. SMITH was a successful farmer, giving personal attention to every detail of farm work. In 1877, he sold his place to his son-in-law, Thomas MONIER, and removed to Henry, and while practically living a retired life invested his money in loans and had quite an extensive interest of that character. In later years he again invested a portion of his means in farm lands, and devoted his time in looking after his property in connection with his loans.
In 1847, about one year after coming to
The family of Mr. and Mrs. SMITH consisted
of nine children. William N. is now a resident of
John T. SMITH was a man of great will power, who when convinced of the right or wrong of any matter could not be swerved from his views. His death occurred December 3, 1893, and his body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Henry. His wife survived him two years, dying April 17, 1895. She had been in failing health for some time, and during her last illness was cared for by her daughter, Mrs. MONIER, who gave her loving attention, trying to sooth the weary one, and as far as possible lightening her sufferings, making her last hours peaceful and happy. The fond husband and loving wife both died in the full assurance of faith, trusting in the precious promises of the Almighty Father and his son Jesus Christ, and it can well be said of them that “They have fought the good fight, they have kept the faith and henceforth there is laid up of them the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give them in that day.”
Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.